As Seb Mean of OG 2000 fittingly puts it: At first sight Geneva doesn’t seem like a very attractive destination for skaters.
However, by the use of cleverly produced refined lo-fi skate edits this Swiss crew is making heads turn towards the posh peace capital beneath the Jet d’Eau. Edits like last week’s Mariah, which congenially features skate video oddities such as a subtle back story of Mariah Carey and an Arab princess, and riding on expensive sports cars – beneath the cover-up of raw street skating.
With much more than your average local edit on display, we thought it’d be interesting to catch up with some of the people involved and hit up Seb Mean and Hugo Radi, some of the faces of OG 2000… the OG 2000 interview.
Interview: Jan Kliewer & Matt Broadley | Pics: as stated
Hey Seb and Hugo, can you tell us a bit about Geneva and OG2000. What’s the spirit, the dudes, the legends?
SEB: Geneva is a cool city to skate, there are tons of really good spots and you rarely get kicked out. Unfortunately, it doesn’t get very much coverage in videos, so it isn’t really an attractive destination for skaters. They generally would much rather go to places like Lyon or Milan which are only a little more than an hour away from here.
It’s pretty hard to make a name in skateboarding living in Geneva, mostly because of the lack of coverage, but also because I feel like we’re stuck in between big countries such as France, Germany and Italy. What’s cool, is that it’s small, so we end up all knowing each other within the skateboard community. In fact Switzerland is a small country as well, so whenever something comes out I feel like the whole country is stoked on it. We’re always 10-15 homies skating together and you always have someone down to skate no matter which day of the week. Our crew is originally called “La Fine Équipe” (LFE) and Dax [David Goldsworthy] takes care of the videos which are all in HD. We’ve mostly all been skating together for over ten year and skateboarding is what brought us all together. O.G.2000 is kind of a “spin-off” from LFE. It’s originally a skate video which came out in 2014. Guillaume [Berthet] had a VX2100 and would always bring it around and film stuff.
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